Colorado Criminal Defense Blog

Why Is Your CO Drug Trafficking Offense Charged as a Federal Crime?

Your drug trafficking offense can be charged as a federal crime in Colorado under certain circumstances. In this post, we’ll detail the reasons why law enforcement officials can charge you at the federal level, and what you can do if you find yourself dealing with a federal case.

Colorado Drug Trafficking Charges

Both state and federal laws penalize drug trafficking, which is the transport, import, sale, and/or manufacture of illegal controlled substances. The level of penalty varies with the type of drug and the amount of the [..]

Why Drug Possession in Colorado Is Sometimes Charged as Trafficking

Not all drug charges look the same. Colorado law administers different charges and penalties based on the amount of drugs present, the type of drugs, and what the accused were planning on doing with the drugs when they were caught.

If you were caught with drugs that you only intended to use personally, you might not expect truly severe charges or penalties. Sometimes, however, law enforcement officers charge personal users with trafficking, and the difference between possession and trafficking charges could mean quite a few extra years [..]